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Dispatches from public radio's correspondent at the Oregon Legislature. This is a venue for political and policy coverage of the state government in Salem and its impact on the people of Oregon.

Ending Date Unclear For Oregon Legislature


It's still not clear when the Oregon legislature will wrap up its work for the year. Lawmakers could vote as soon as Tuesday on a controversial package that would raise some taxes and cut benefits to retired public employees.

But lawmakers have other work to do, such as finalizing budgets for several large state agencies.

One might expect that they would be in a great hurry to get out of here before the Fourth of July but remember, their original adjournment target was last Friday, June 28th. So they've already blown through that deadline.

There's some thinking around the building that "we may as well continue here until we get things as close to correct as we think we can."

And they have until July 13th. That's the Constitutional deadline for them to finish their work. So if they don't want to rush and get things done by close of day Wednesday, then we could very well see them here back at the capitol next Monday, Tuesday or beyond.

This is the first time Oregon lawmakers have met in July since 2005.